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El Cholo Restaurant

1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Central L.A)
(323) 734-2773
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Ranked #466 of 8,691 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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72 reviews 72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The atmosphere is lively and fun Food was great , very tasty and the service was good . Great Margaritas However the restaurant was soooo cold . We had to keep our coats and other customers did the same We did ask for AC to be turned off several times but this request wasnt granted !

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Los Angeles, CA
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

My family and I went to the El Cholo Restaurant near Staples Center in late November before attending an LA Kings hockey game. Quite simply, it was not good. The chips and salsa were fine but the food was sub-par. In fact, I would compare the food to El Torito. I've eaten at El Cholo on Western (the original El... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is the best mexican restaurant I've ever been. Tortilla soup is unbelievable, everything is fresh, awesome atmosphere, great chips and salsa, large and tasty meals. The service is simple but nice.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We were looking for good authentic Mexican restaurant and El Cholo was recommend to us from the valet parking guy . The moment we entered , I felt that this is not my place . The place was dark , with low ceiling , bulky old furnitures . There was an unpleasant odor of an unventilated environment . The cervice... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

If you're looking for the Authentic Mexican experience, there are dozens of better options in the LA area. But if you're looking for some tasty food at a reasonable price, in a fun setting, this place is worth checking out. The enchiladas are very good, and the margaritas are not to be missed!

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Hemet, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Salsa and Chips are the first give away. Salsa had no flavor and was watered down. We asked for something hotter and it was just hot, again no flavor. The chips were not any better. Stale. I ordered a margarita...received it in a coke glass. Then came our food. On a scale of 1-5, the food was a 3. Lacked... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went to the El Cholo on South Flower Street in downtown LA. The best Mexican restaurant in the area -- friendly service, well-made and generously poured margaritas, terrific menu, fresh food. You can't ask for more from a traditional Mexican restaurant. The photos on the wall are fascinating as well. One of our favorites.

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Carson, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went here on Halloween right before attending a game at Staples center, the food was great the margarita's were real tasty with the right balance of tequila and mix the chips were fresh and hot, great place to walk to from the staple center or anywhere in LA live

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San Diego
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is the place for a wonderful margarita. There's something a little different from the typical recipe you get everywhere else. The food is very good and great service, too. Try the green tamale when it's in season.

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This has the best and truly authentic Mexican food. The tortilla soup is to die for and everything is fresh and tastes home made!

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Additional Information about El Cholo Restaurant

Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone Number: (323) 734-2773
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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